- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 6, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

LaVar Arrington may not be ready to play this week, but when the Washington Redskins linebacker does return from arthroscopic knee surgery he’ll have new inspiration to perform.

Arrington, who has missed the Redskins’ last two games while recovering from Sept.21 surgery on his right knee, dedicated the rest of this season to his cousin, Joseph, who died over the weekend.

“I’m going to tear this league up when I get back,” Arrington said yesterday.

Joseph Arrington, 17, died after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. LaVar Arrington, who shaved his head in support of his cousin during the Redskins’ 2002 training camp, returned to Pittsburgh over the weekend and was at Joseph’s bedside at the end.

Arrington promised his cousin he would come back strong from his injury, and though team officials have said it’s unlikely he can play Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens, the linebacker won’t rule out a miracle.

“Let me put it to you guys like this: In my mind, I’m pushing for this Sunday,” Arrington said. “But from a strategic standpoint, I’m saying I’m not going to be able to play.

“My whole frame of mind is, I’m trying to get back as soon as I can. The mind is a powerful thing. I don’t see why I can’t pull it off.”

Mark Zuckerman

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